Police rely on alcohol breath tests to convict drunken drivers. But what happens when the machines they use aren’t reliable? Stacy Cowley of The New York Times looked into the problem of faulty breath test machines and found thousands of cases where the tests were thrown out. On this episode, Stacy breaks down how she discovered unreliable breath tests and the consequences they pose for real people.

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MUSIC

Calisson  (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Grey Grey Joe (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Fifteen Street (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Arizona Moon (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Two in the Back (Blue Dot Sessions) / CC BY-NC 4.0

 

CREDITS

Kelly Kenoyer reported this episode. IRE Editorial Director Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.